ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Crocker

(1797-1861)


Charles Crocker was born in Chichester to impoverished parents; after a charity-school education at the age of twelve he was apprenticed to a shoemaker, a profession he pursued for twenty years. His poems, published by subscription, attracted the attention of Robert Southey. In 1839 Crocker was hired by his bookseller, working in the book trade until 1845 when he became sexton of Chichester Cathedral.


TEXT RECORDS:

1816Corfe Castle. An Elegy, written in the Year MDCCCXVI.
1830The Lavant.
1830The Vale of Obscurity; a Vision.

PUBLICATIONS:

The vale of obscurity, The Levant, and other poems. 1830.
Poetical works. 1860.